The first Apple Silicon computers are shipping and in stores. Some of us have already made the leap to a Mac with Apple Silicon technology. For most, however, it is important to know if our applications are compatible with Apple Silicon. Thanks to the folks at St. Clair Software, now it’s an easy task.
The tried and true way to ensure 64-bit application compatibility
St. Clair released Go64 to ensure all their apps were 64-bit compatible before upgrading to macOS Catalina. Best of all, it’s totally free.
With the latest Go64 update, you can make sure your apps work with Apple Silicon too. To get started, simply download the app and open the archive. Drag the application to your Applications folder.
Checking if your applications are compatible with Apple Silicon
Now, just open the Go64 application and let it scan your Mac’s hard drive. This may take some time depending on the number of applications you have installed and the speed of your Mac. Once you are done shredding, use the to show drop-down menu to make sure all your apps are visible.
Then sort your apps by Architecture. Your applications can be Universal, Intel, Apple, AppleScript, Unknown, or something else entirely.
Applications that are Intel architecture will not run natively on newer Apple Silicon Macs. The Rosetta 2 software built into macOS Big Sur should help with most of these applications.
Applications listed as Universal will work perfectly fine on one of the newer Macs. They are Apple Silicon compatible applications. In fact, they are compatible with Intel and Apple Silicon.
Do more with Go64
There is much more you can do with Go64. You will be able to hide applications that you do not need to see, such as system executables and applications that you do not use. Also, you can set the upgrade price for your Intel applications. That way, if developers are releasing updates that you will have to pay for, you can budget for them.
Unless you like to live on the cutting edge, or you are buying an Apple Silicon Mac as a second machine, you need to make sure that all your essential applications are compatible with Apple Silicon. Go64 will make it quick and easy.